CCAP WELCOMES NEW CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY LEADERSHIP
September 18, 2008 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC — The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) announced today the addition of two new international climate change policy experts to its growing staff.
As a key part of CCAP’s senior management team, Alexander Ochs, director of international policy, will provide strategic guidance on international climate policy, including management of the European Dialogue on the Climate and Energy Challenge. The European Dialogue is a multi-stakeholder dialogue that develops medium- to long-term climate change, energy and finance policy for the European Union. Ochs will also help lead CCAP’s involvement in the United Nations international climate change negotiations and contribute to the design of the Future Actions Dialogue on International Actions to Address Climate Change. The Future Actions Dialogue is CCAP’s forum of more than 30 countries that combines in-depth analysis and development of climate policy options for consideration in the post-2012 Kyoto Protocol negotiations.
CCAP President Ned Helme said he is delighted to welcome Ochs on board, especially with the UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland only a few months away. “Alexander’s extensive experience within the international climate change policy arena makes him an asset to the organization,” Helme said. “His contribution will be of great value as we move toward Poznan and Copenhagen next year.”
Ochs joins CCAP from the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks — where he was a founder — and as a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. From 2001 to 2007, he served as a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs where he advised key decision-makers from across Europe. While there, Alexander co-founded and later directed the International Network to Advance Climate Talks.
Ochs has held research and lecturer positions at Princeton University, City University of New York and Munich University, as well as both Freie and Humboldt Universities in Berlin, Germany. He has been a member of the German Delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations and various advisory committees on both sides of the Atlantic.
“CCAP’s vital insights and dialogues provide innovative, cost-effective solutions to the world’s climate change impacts,”Ochs said. “I look forward to developing and implementing an international climate change policy strategy that advances CCAP’s mission.”
Ellina Levina, director of the international climate dialogue, will manage the Future Actions Dialogue from CCAP’s office in Paris, France.
“CCAP looks forward to Ellina’s insight as the world moves toward establishing a post-2012 international climate change agreement,” Helme said. “Her leadership, knowledge and experience couldn’t come at a better time.”
Levina joins CCAP with 15 years of international experience in climate change policy analysis and development, focusing on technical issues related to climate change negotiations. She has extensive experience in institutional and economic analysis, as well as in facilitating stakeholder dialogues and providing institutional capacity building assistance.
Levina has served at various international organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Additionally, while she was at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Energy Agency from 2005 to 2008, she contributed to the UNFCCC negotiations. As a former CCAP employee from 1996 to 2002, Ellina assisted individual governments of Eastern Europe in developing their national climate change policies.
“I am excited to return to CCAP,” Levina said. “I am anxious to use my experience with the UN negotiations to lead the Future Actions Dialogue participants in crafting climate policy developments for the next international climate treaty.”